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Sunset in Waterlemon Bay

Itinerary: USVI in 7 days

February 2019

Day 1: arrival and ferry to St John

  • Arrive at St Thomas airport and get a taxi to the port
  • Enjoy your first of many Painkillers of the trip at the bar until the ferry arrives
  • Relax on your 20min ride to Cruz Bay on St John whilst breathing in the sea salt air
  • Pick up a rental wranglers (literally all rentals are wranglers on this island) if you are old enough to (i.e. 25 or above)
  • Have dinner at one of the restaurants near the Cruz Bay port
  • Get a taxi/drive to your accommodation (try not to leave it too late if it is a hard to find Airbnb)

Day 2: Hawksnest Beach & Cruz Bay

  • Drive down to Cruz Bay for a lazy breakfast at Cruz Bay Landing (the best company will get two things and share with you)
  • Head to Hawksnest Beach for your first taste of the island’s beautiful waters
  • If you have enough water (and no car) walk back on North Shore Road towards Cruz Bay to see the sights from the viewpoints on the way whilst the sun goes down
  • Wander around the Cruz Bay shops and galleries follower by dinner in one of the many restaurants in the Bay before calling it a night (the sun will have you worn out, truuust)

Day 3: Trunk Bay

  • Head to the grocery store in Cruz Bay before heading out to pick up any drinks and snacks you need for a full day at the beach
  • Drive to Trunk Bay with your snorkel gear in tow
  • Spend the day snorkelling and enjoying the Bay
  • Enjoy sunset on the beach and then get a taxi back (we left too late and ended up hiking it – perks was seeing Cruz Bay all lit up from the top of North Shore Road and a hell of an appetite for dinner)
  • Have dinner at The Longboard in Cruz Bay for some amazing Painkillers (amazing with nutmeg grated on top) and even better pok√© bowls

Day 4: Snorkelling at Waterlemon Cay

  • Get in a good breakfast in Cruz Bay (we just went back to Cruz Bay Landing because it was the best breakfast in the Bay in our opinion)
  • Drive to the start of the Leinster Bay trail and hike towards Waterlemon Cay (about 20min walk)
  • Spend some time snorkelling in Waterlemon Bay to see rays, turtles, barracuda, and nurse sharks
  • Following this, finish the trail towards the end of the Bay where the Cay sits (a couple was just leaving as we arrived leaving the spot fully to ourselves)
  • Snorkel around the small island just off the Cay to see a beautiful array of ocean life (you can spend hours here)
  • Tip: there is a slight current between St John and the small island, nothing very strong but it’s better to be aware of before you set off
  • Walk back on the trail (might find some donkeys) as the sun sets for beautiful views across the Bay
  • Dinner at another of the fine choices in Cruz Bay (fully guilty of returning to The Longboard again as it was so good)

Day 5: St Thomas & Magens Bay

  • Head to Cruz Bay to get the ferry over to St Thomas
  • Pick up a rental car (we went back to the airport as we had booked one here)
  • Drive to Charlotte Amalie for lunch and a wander round (mostly jewellery shops for all the cruise traffic so not too much to see)
  • Head to Magens Bay for sunset

Day 6: Coki Point

  • Have breakfast and head to Coki Point beach for the day in the company of the day’s DJ
  • Spend the day snorkelling around the coast and stay until sunset
  • Drive to Red Hook for a sushi dinner with some very fresh fish

Day 7: Mermaid’s Chair & Lindquist beach

  • Have breakfast at Barefoot Buddha (amazing sweet potato and goat’s cheese wrap)
  • Head to the Mermaid’s Chair and park up near the estate which you must hike down (we got caught in a downpour so bring a cagoule)
  • Clamber around the rocks at the literal end of St Thomas
  • Stop for some lunch and margaritas before driving around the island to reach Lindquist beach
  • Spend the rest of the day time at Lindquist before heading for some amazing sushi

Day 8: cheeky bit of beach & depart

  • Grab takeaway at Buddha again because it was just that good and head to Lindquist beach for a few hours before heading to the airport (absolutely don’t back into a pavement just before returning the car like we did)
  • Drop off your car and say goodbye to paradise

Note: This itinerary is based on not being able to rent a car. If you can rent one, I encourage you to explore much more of the island! I’ll have to return when I’m old enough to rent one! The renting age is lower in St Thomas but you are not supposed to bring your cars over on the ferry if not a local.


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